I have troubles using some words about food and I cannot feel the subtle differences of their usage. I'd like to get some help with examples using these various words.

  • Food
  • Cuisine
  • dishes
  • menu
  • meal
  • grocery

  • ingredient

  • nutrition

  • drink

  • beverage
  • uhm, what are you trying to do ?
    – amphibient
    Apr 13, 2015 at 22:57
  • 1
    "Cuisine" is a hoity-toity way to say "food". The others you can look up.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 13, 2015 at 22:58
  • @HotLicks Hoity-toity sounds British. Shouldn't a kentuckian say "highfalutin" ? :-)
    – Centaurus
    Apr 13, 2015 at 23:43
  • @Centaurus - Nah, that's Tennessean. Besides which, I'm more Minnesotan, and for Minnesotans even "highfalutin" is too highfalutin.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 13, 2015 at 23:55
  • This is a general reference question and it's too broad. You should explain what you find confusing with the words food and cuisine. Are you comparing the two? Are you wondering what differences, if any, there are between The food in this restaurant is simple , or French cuisine is fairly simple and The French dishes are simple? (For example)
    – Mari-Lou A
    Apr 14, 2015 at 6:19

2 Answers 2


Well, go to Google Books


type the words or expressions related to your interests (for the latter, put them in quote marks " ") in the search box, press Search, and thousands of examples will be at your fingertips:-))


ingredients "korean cuisine"

will give you books such as

Traditions of South Korean Cooking: Learning the Basic ... Martha Stone - 2014

Learning the Basic Techniques and Recipes of the South Korean Cuisine Martha Stone ... With these physical conditions, Korean cuisine has developed over the centuries to specifically cater to the country's climate and geography.

Click on the links and have a look at the books.


I'll give it my best. The examples below are not the only interpretation, but it should be common.

Food - anything that you can eat

Cuisine - fancy word for food, usually mentioned together with nationality (e.g. Korean cuisine)

Dish(es) - Food served on a dish/plate usually well prepared

Menu - list of every available dish in a restaurant

Meal - the whole food package - food and drink together (think happy meal from McDonald's)

Grocery - vegetables

Ingredient - components which you make together to make some dish/food (e.g. spices, vegetables, meat, etc.)

Nutrition - everything that your body really needs, think healthy food and vitamins

Drink - liquid that you actually drink, but usually alcoholic (doesn't have to be)

Beverage - generic name for any refreshing liquid (usually non-alcoholic)

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